Staff

Instructors

The Scuba Shop has a full staff of friendly, knowledgeable dive professionals. Our Instructors have over 100 years of combined teaching experience, and have taught thousands of students.


Barry Smyda
Barry Smyda
Barry is the owner of The Scuba Shop and has been Scuba diving for 40 years. He is a PADI Master Instructor and has been teaching varies levels of scuba for the last 25 years and has educated over 1500 divers from the Western PA area. He also has a passion for Wreck diving, Cave diving, Ice Diving, and Underwater Photography.

John Thomas
John Thomas
John is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. He likes all aspect of teaching students, and enjoys tech, wreck, and ice diving.

Barb Haybarger
Barb Haybarger
Barb became Open Water certified in 1998, and by 2000 she was full Cave certified. She continued her training by becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2001, and now holds a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating. She is a middle school teacher in the Franklin Regional School District.

Rick Gratkowski
Rick Gratkowski
Rick Gratkowski is an Assistant Instructor, and has been diving since 1987. He was named the Sport Diver Magazine "Diver of the Year" in 2007. He is a member of the Ohio Maritime Archeology Survey Team, and enjoys diving experiences from technical to reef. He is also an equipment technician.

David Webb
David Webb
Dave is an Assistant Instructor for The Scuba Shop. His interests include underwater photography, wreck diving, and ice diving.

Divemasters

The Scuba Shop has a staff of enthusiastic and professional divemasters to round out our team.


Bob Meyers
Bob Meyers
Bob is a Divemaster with The Scuba Shop, and has been diving since 1970. He enjoys working with students, and is also an equipment technician.

Jude Meyers
Jude Meyers
Jude is a Divemaster, and began her Diving in 2003. She enjoys helping students in class, photos, videos, and loves the critters!

Hollie Stevenson
Hollie Stevenson
Hollie is a Divemaster for The Scuba Shop. She enjoys diving all over the world. She also manages the shop's marketing and communications.

Garry Smyda
Garry Smyda
Garry became a Divemaster for The Scuba Shop in the summer of 2011, and has been diving since 2001. His interests include underwater photography and ice diving. Garry is a student at the University of Pittsburgh and is the webmaster.

Mark Stein
Mark Stein
Mark is a Divemaster for The Scuba Shop. He enjoys helping with classes and ice diving.

Dave Smith
Dave Smith
Dave is an Assistant Instructor and had been diving for 9 years. His Diving favorites include: watching a student breathing off of a regulator for the first time, working with Discover SCUBA, diving with sharks when he can, and dving in Freeport, Jupiter FL, and North Carolina. Dave is a Retired Marine and has three grandchildren.